Get in Shape for the New Year!

Getting in shape is a great resolution for the New Year. Below are some tips on how to look and feel your best in 2011.

Get back in the gym.

Joining a gym can help you shake off the wintertime blues. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day - whether it's swimming, walking around the track, or weight lifting - for better overall health. Also, it's important to vary your workout routine from week to week to stave off boredom and keep your workouts fresh.  Relax The Back has fitness products that can be used indoors, including medicine balls, foam rollers, exercise ball and more.

 

Eat more green veggies.

Your mother was right. Eat at least three servings (1 serving = 1 cup) of broccoli, kale, green beans or other dark green veggies.


Turn off the TV.

Activity helps promote healing, weight loss, and a clearer state of mind, so get off the couch. TV promotes a sedentary lifestyle (and absent-minded snacking).  Set a time limit on your TV time.

 

Drink more water.  

It's the stuff of life for a reason.  Many people don't know it, but oftentimes they'll eat NOT when they're hungry, but when they're thirsty.  If you eat slowly and drink more water, you'll feel satisfied. with less food a good rule of thumb for proper water intake is to divide your weight in half and then drink that many ounces of water a day.

Cut down on midnight snacking.

Food consumed fewer than three hours before bed time has a habit of sticking around (usually around the mid-section). To keep the pounds off, avoid snacking after dinner.

 

Don't beat yourself up.

There's a big temptation to quit on New Year's resolutions when they aren't achieved quickly or in perfect succession. But don't give up. Getting in shape and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint, and there will be a few potholes along the way.